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No.1 Chinese TV brand goes global with Opera

Oslo, Norway, and Shenzhen, China - January 20, 2014

Skyworth strengthens its Smart TV offerings with full suite of Opera TV solutions

Skyworth, a leading global TV manufacturer based in China, today announced that it has selected the full suite of Opera TV solutions to provide a complete, immersive Smart TV experience. After achieving No.1 domestic TV market share in China, Skyworth now has its eyes on the global Smart TV market by launching its new Smart TV models powered by the Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK), Opera TV Store and Opera TV browser to ensure viewers can get the most out of the web on their TV screens. The first model equipped with Opera TV solutions is the Skyworth 39E36. It will be available in Latin America from Q2 2014 and soon after to other regions.

To win the hearts of Smart TV viewers in Latin America, Skyworth 39E36 will feature a variety of local TV channels and online content customized for TV screens through the HTML5-based Opera TV Store, including Abril (Info and Quatro Rodas), TeleSUR, CNN Expansión and more.

“The future of TV will be built on open web standards. More and more developers are launching HTML5-based TV apps to offer a seamless interactive experience," says Sun Weizhong, VP of Skyworth TV. “With the full suite of Opera TV solutions, we are able to strengthen our Smart TV offerings by delivering the best web content to our customers. The Opera TV Store fully supports HTML5 and helps us bring rich, quality online content to TVs."

The Opera Devices SDK has been designed to give the autonomy for OEMs to customize their own user interfaces, as well as delivering the best performance in bringing web content to TVs. In addition, it not only features market-leading HTML5 web standards support, but also complies with emerging industry standards that specify a unified way to render and serve IPTV or hybrid broadcast/broadband services to TVs and TV-connected devices.

“The Opera Devices SDK, Opera TV Store, and Opera TV browser provide TV, set-top-box and media player manufacturers everything they need to bring the web to TV screens. We simplify the complexity by supporting a wide set of standards and creating a user-friendly interface for TV viewers," says Aneesh Rajaram, Senior Vice-President for TV & Devices, Opera Software. “Opera's TV products greatly shorten the time to market for OEMs. We are very proud to have Skyworth on board, giving millions of new viewers front-row access to popular internet content on their TVs. This also immensely extends the reach for brands and content publishers on the Opera TV Store.”

Opera's TV solutions power the web experience on ten of millions of TV connected devices from more than 50 customers, including Altech, Bang & Olufsen, Loewe, Philips, Sharp, Sony, Samsung, Vestel and other top TV brands from China, including Changhong, Hisense, Konka, and TCL.

About Skyworth

Skyworth (HK00751) is a global TV manufacturer and large-sized high-tech public company. Holding the No. 1 domestic TV market share in China, achieving No.1 sales volume in domestic TV market in China, Skyworth will move forward on the way of internationalization, since established a strong, comprehensive global sales, distribution platform and network that covers major continents. Skyworth is committed to providing customers with complete solutions of digital life and bringing Skyworth's video and audio products into common households to let people of different countries and groups enjoy the fun and joy of digital audio- and video- life.

About Opera

Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.